News

Townsville defeat Cairns in second encounter

The Townsville Crocodiles claimed their second pre-season Reptile Rumble win on Sunday, 76-63, against an undermanned CQUniversity Cairns Taipans outfit. Clint Steindl (12 points) and Mitchell Young (13 points) starred against their former team, while Nicholas Kay impressed with several dunks on the way to 16 points. Markel Starks posted a game-high 17 points for the Snakes, Stephen Weigh (13 points) the only other Taipan in double-digits. Cameron Tragardh (minor calf strain) and Mark Worthington (knee) remained on the sidelines, while captain Cameron Gliddon was a late omission after coaches took the decision to rest his corked thigh from Friday night. Cairns local Matthew Adekponya appeared for the injured Brian Conklin, and guard Mitch Norton also watched from the sidelines. Early on Loughton converted on an up-and-under followed by a mid-range bank shot to give the Snakes a 10-6 lead after five minutes. The Crocs went inside to their bigs regularly to even the scores soon after, Cairns holding on for a 19-18 lead at the end of the first term. Matt Burston converted a three-point play soon after the first break, Cairns edging ahead before a Steindl triple made it 26-25 with 6.24 on the clock. Andronicos and Craig provided crucial rim protection and hustle as half time approached, Craig landing in the third row on one possession, but a late Steindl triple sent the visitors back to the locker rooms up 39-36. The Crocs’ scoring run continued into the second half, their 14-0 surge establishing a 10-point (46-36) advantage as the hosts struggled to convert inside chances. Import newcomer Starks reduced the hosts’ deficit to single figures briefly as he scored a quick-fire 8 points for the term, but the Crocs won the quarter 22-11 to retain a commanding lead heading into the final term. The Crocs managed just two points in the first five minutes of the fourth amid a renewed defensive effort by the hosts, but triples to Henry and Kay put the result out of reach. The sides are both back in action on Wednesday in the first session of the NBL Blitz pre-season tournament in Townsville. Tickets are still available here.  Townsville Crocodiles 76 (Kay 16, Young 13, Steindl 12) Cairns Taipans 63 (Starks 17, Weigh 13, Loughton 8) BOX SCORE
NEWS

How Kings Swooped Hawks for Simon

9 hours ago

NEWS

Vickerman: "This Team's Different"

12 hours ago

NEWS

Cairns to Rectify "Embarrassing" NBL22

14 hours ago

NEWS

Blitz to Test Darwin's NBL Appetite

17 hours ago

FREE AGENCY

JackJumpers Add Size, Magnay Cover

18 hours ago

VIDEO

Free Agency Market Watch (August 17)

1 day ago

NEWS

Bullets Import Has Eyes on the Prize

1 day ago

ROSTERS

Analysis: Ins, Outs, Depth Charts (Update)

1 day ago

NEWS

Phoenix Recruit: NBL "Another Level"

1 day ago

NEWS

Sydney Ready for Closest Year Yet

1 day ago

LaMelo Ball Leads Hawks, Taipans Beat Bullets Again

16 September 2019

Fourth Place Frustration for Boomers in China

15 September 2019

FIBA World Cup Bronze Medal Game | Australia v France Preview

15 September 2019

Prather Shines In United's Big Win, Taipans Smash Bullets

14 September 2019

Starting Five: World Cup Heartbreak

14 September 2019

Spain Again Breaks Boomers Hearts in Double OT

13 September 2019

Watch Live | Illawarra Hawks vs Melbourne United

13 September 2019

FIBA World Cup Semi-Final | Australia v Spain Preview

13 September 2019

Starting Five: Boomers Two Wins from Gold

12 September 2019

Australia Advance to World Cup Final Four

12 September 2019

NBL Partners

Naming Rights
Major Partners
Broadcast & Media Partners
Profile Partners
Suppliers
Associates